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INAUGURAL INSTITUTIONAL BIOSAFETY COMMITTEES FORUM IN AFRICA (IBC- FORUM)  

Posted on 15 September 2022

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The African Genetic Biocontrol Consortium will host a 5-day workshop for professionals from African countries who are implementing genetic biocontrol technologies in their research and regulatory frameworks.

Target participants will include the Chair IBC, Institutional Biosafety Officer (BSO) and the Principal Investigator (PI) from each institution will be invited. 

About the IBC-FORUM 2022

This workshop will present the function and administration of the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC). The main goal of this workshop is to promote the professional development of IBC members from Institutions that are currently involved in gene drive projects by providing an opportunity to learn about the Regulatory framework and understand the range of responsibilities that the IBC has within the decision-making process within the Regulatory frameworks in Africa. To boost their oversight skills, the participants will undergo a practical hands-on training on how to review an application dossier and to develop decision-making reports and communication. For sustainability, the IBC will use the workshop to seek expert views from the trainers on how to develop/review their National IBC Guidelines that support Institutional oversight on genetic biocontrol technologies and research in their organization.

Expected Output:

  • To understand the range of responsibilities that the IBC has within the decision-making process in Countries.
  • Learn how to review an application dossier and to develop decision-making reports and communication.
  • Develop IBC Guidelines that support oversight on genetic biocontrol technologies and research in Institutions.

Eligibility: Eligible participants will include:

  • IBC Members
  • Principal Investigators, Researchers and Laboratory staff
  • University/Facility/Laboratory Administrators
  • Institutional Review Board (IRB)
  • Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
  • Relevant Science Committee (s).

Sponsorship: The cost of selected participant’s economy airline ticket, accommodation and incidentals will be provided by the Consortium.